Days after four Colombians were freed by a Magistrate in the Suddie Magistrate’s Court for aiding a carpenter who allegedly trafficked over 25 pounds of cocaine, they were yesterday charged for overstaying.
It is alleged that between September 18, 2017 and January last, Colombian Nationals Yeison Sanchez, 27, a driver; Jesus Amaya, 52, a farmer, and Reginaldo Jaramillo, at Lethem, failed to comply with conditions subject to which a permit was granted – having to stay in Guyana for one month, they overstayed their time.
The three men appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where they pleaded guilty to the charge after it was read to them.
Facts presented by Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield stated that the defendants came to Guyana legally through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and were permitted to stay in Guyana for one month.
The court heard that on January 2, last, ranks from CANU carried out a raid at Grant Woodland, Pomeroon, where a quantity of narcotics was unearthed. The defendants were arrested and taken into custody, where they were later charged for aiding a cocaine trafficker and were remanded to prison.
The prosecutor added that the defendants were released from prison last Friday and they were taken into custody for overstaying.
The Magistrate after listening to the prosecutor fined the defendants $20,000 each or in default, eight weeks imprisonment.
Meanwhile, thirty-six-year-old Wilinton Reyes, 36, a farmer, made his appearance before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman where the overstaying charge was read to him.
It is alleged that between October 23, 2017 and January 2, last, at Georgetown, he failed to comply with conditions, subject to which a permit had been granted – having been permitted to stay in Guyana from October 23, 2017 to November 23, 2017, he overstayed the said period.
He pleaded guilty to the charge.
The court heard that Reyes also came to Guyana legally and was granted a one month stay, but he overstayed the period.
His lawyer, Bernard DaSilva in a bid to not get his client deported told the Magistrate that his client’s travel documents are still in possession of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU).
He added that the Chief Magistrate was lenient when she did not deport the first three defendants. Magistrate Latchman fined the defendant $50,000 or in default one month imprisonment.
The Magistrate told the defendant that upon paying the fine or spending the time, he will be taken to the nearest port of exit and deported back to Colombia.
The four men were previously charged for aiding a carpenter who allegedly trafficked 25 pounds of cocaine.
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